James Bennett, New York From Brooklyn Heights, 1830
How to Overcome
Enemy that Lies Within You
González 16, Rhode Island, September 1998
older sister and brother
one younger sister (I'm the middle one)
born US. Parents both born in Cuba.
I would say ...
never give up on anything. There's always a way; follow your dreams. Whenever
you're feeling down or sad, etc., look up to God. He'll provide strength
and carry you beyond belief. Also, always keep strong and do what
makes you happy.
Live life to its
death changed my life totally, in a way where I have a regret. I didn't
go see him. When he told me he was gonna pay for the plane ticket for me
to visit him in FL. I never had been on a plane, and to go alone scared
me. Then, after a few months he died. I'll never get to see him again.
Mistakes I made.
I become stronger and learned from them, I think with all the bad stuff
that happened to me, and I never talked to anybody about it, because I
can't trust anyone. I went to God all the time. It brought me sooo close
to Him. I'm glad, so, I always know that He's there with me, giving me
The way I think
of things, I do things for me; to get me somewhere in life; and, I'm very
grateful to have what I have. because other people don't have much.
I'm lucky to have two arms and legs, to see and hear and walk and have
a roof over my head. Other people don't have that ... I'm lucky to
wake up every day. And, that's all thanks to God. So, I see life
a lot different because of experiences I had. I would say that life is
hard but you learn from it. You just need to learn how to live with it.
I learned: never
trust anyone as soon as you meet them. Do things for yourself. Mostly
l earned from my mistakes. I learned from everything -- and what's
done is done ... everything that happened brought me a step up in life,
but if I were to pick, probably I would have gone to visit my godfather
when I had the chance.
I learned to never
fear anything like I feared going on a plane for the first time and by
myself, mind you ... so in life you are your worse enemy. You have
to overcome that and never live in fear, because, it won't get you anywhere.
to me ... life itself ... when things happen they happen. You have
to face it one way or another. I think my godfather's death showed reality
in life to me -- a lot, because, he was a wealthy man and it showed that
even though he had money, and all that, it didn't mean he had everything,
because, money couldn't save him.
I have only one
major regret and learned, you yourself are your own worse enemy. Because,
if I didn't have fear of going on a plane myself, etc., then, I wouldn't
have this regret today. But, fear kept me back and brought me this regret,
so, you have to learn how to overcome the enemy that lies within you.
turn to God. Because, I know He's there beside me. I came to a crossroads
once where I had to choose either to go by what my parents wanted to make
them proud or do what makes me happy and I went with making me happy, because,
I learned, if my parents saw me happy, then, they would accept what I did
because -- they were happy to see me happy.
I do remember
once, my father told me to save money to get myself ahead in life and go
for what I want and don't let anyone tell me wrong.
I would say that
life is hard but you learn from it. You just need to learn how to
live with it. No matter what God will be there to supply you with
strength that would bring you beyond belief. He'll always keep you
high in His glory. Always go for what you want, never let anyone stop you.
Do what makes you happy. Yo gotta take the good with the bad and everyone
should always do the good to get you somewhere in life. Cuz, the
bad will always come back to you. Life is hard but you can find your
way and make it far.